Arshad Mian is a cofounder and the CEO of Intrinsyx Environmental. He is also the founder of Intrinsyx Technologies, a successful federal and NASA Space Biosciences contractor for over 20 years. Arshad has worked extensively collaborating with Fortune 100 companies, multiple NASA centers, and international space agencies in managing multi-million dollar NASA programs for Space Station, Shuttle, Aeronautics, Space Biology, Biospheric Sciences, and Space Exploration. He also held lead roles at Lockheed Martin, McDonnell Douglas, General Electric and Martin Marietta in support of large NASA programs.
Dr. John L. Freeman
Dr. John Freeman is the Chief Science Officer of Intrinsyx Environmental, and has worked for over 25 years in researching and implementing cutting edge biological technologies for Phytoremediation. Dr. Freeman received his Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Arizona university dual majoring in Environmental Microbiology and Environmental Sciences with a minor in Chemistry. Dr. Freeman received his Doctorate from Purdue University in 2004 in Plant Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with an emphasis in the plant environmental stress physiology of metal hyperaccumulators. For the next 15 years, he continued to implement phytoremediation projects with world class engineering firms, federal, state, and local agencies. He is a well-published researcher and frequently presents his work at national and international conferences. John joined Intrinsyx in 2012, and co-founded Intrinsyx Environmental where he continues to lead development and implementation of endophyte enhanced biotechnologies for environmental remediation of organic compounds (VOC). In his research, he has also isolated and developed cultivars for salt, boron tolerant selenium hyperaccumulators, metalloid and heavy metal phytoremediation, nitrate/phosphate hyperaccumulating grass species, and salt/boron tolerant poplar hybrids. John works together with the National Arbor Day Foundation, USDA-ARS, USGS, NASA, EPA-ORD scientists and world class engineers at some of the best firms, whom are also clients of Intrinsyx Environmental. Dr. Freeman is either the project manager or lead scientific advisor working together with Dr. Chris Cohu at over thirty commercial Phytoremediation installation across the US. Dr. Freeman and collaborators were the first to utilize tree endophyte technologies commercially in the Endophyte Assisted Phytoremediation (EAP) process that has revolutionized tree groundwater and soil phytoremediation providing enhanced organic pollutant tolerance and faster degradation rates. This EAP process helps to ensure the success and safety of these Intrinsyx Environmental installations and helps with gaining regulator approval to advance the phytoremediation process more rapidly.
Ahsan Ali is co-founder and COO of Intrinsyx Environmental and supports its day-to-day operations. Prior to this, he was the Business Development Lead and COO for Intrinsyx Technologies, a federal contractor focused on NASA’s Space Biology Research Program. Ahsan served project planning, scheduling, and budgeting roles for NASA contracts and mission-critical projects. He has put together teams of scientists and engineers from across the country for a diverse array of science research and spaceflight missions. Ahsan’s background is in biotech, logistics, and economics. He has successfully negotiated and managed collaborations with federal agencies and some of the world’s largest companies in aerospace, defense, agriculture, and environmental engineering.
Dr. Chris Cohu
Dr. Christopher Cohu is a leading scientist in the field of plant stress physiology, phytoremediation, photosynthesis and plant productivity, and development of applied agronomic traits. Dr. Cohu received his undergraduate in Environmental Sciences from Western State Colorado University, and his Doctorate in Botany from Colorado State University and the Program in Molecular Plant Biology in 2007. Dr. Cohu has focused his research and career on phytoremediation, plant stress, and the roles of endophytes in assisting plant resilience, productivity, and remediation effectiveness. During his early career, Dr. Cohu directed a team of algae scientists at Solix Biosystems on wastewater effluent remediation, recycling and remediation of toxic byproducts from hydraulic fracturing fluids and gases, biofuel production, and nutraceutical market development. After Solix Biosystems he focused on researching and developing bio-technology methods to improve plant photosynthesis, biomass, and productivity under stressful environments including spaceflight and terraforming, for both crop and non-crop species. Since 2007, Dr. Cohu has been active as cofounder and CEO of Phytoremediation and Phytomining Consultants United (PPCU). At PPCU he has directed remediation consulting and field deployment efforts to clean up heavy metals, metalloids, radionuclides and organic pollutant degradation using both plants and plant-associated microorganisms in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
Galen O’Toole is an environmental engineer at Intrinsyx and a life-long student of biomimicry and environmental systems. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Resource Engineering from Humboldt State University. Galen has more than 5 years of experience as a project manager 26 developing novel water treatment technologies in potable reuse, wastewater and desalination. His undergraduate work on pressure-retarded osmosis (PRO) at Humboldt led to a publication in a top peer-reviewed journal and paved the way for his graduate thesis on coupling PRO with reverse osmosis desalination. Most recently, Galen worked as a Management Fellow at Valley Water where he directed a research program developing novel treatment alternatives to safely discharge reverse osmosis concentrate to the sensitive South San Francisco Bay ecosystem. He investigated electro-chemical alternatives as well as phyto-remediation and rhyzo-filtration through both floating treatment wetlands and sub-surface-flow engineered wetlands.
Howard Sprouse has been a developer of bioremediation technologies since the mid 1990s, when he worked as a consultant to Battelle’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Sequim, Washington assisting with the development of mycoremediation technology. His work there assisted projects aimed towards remediation of petroleum hydrocarbons, biological agents, pathogen degradation, and biofiltration of agricultural runoff. Howard has also worked for the Department of Botany at University of Washington, as a research assistant for fungal ecology research in Olympic National Park. He is recognized in the bioremediation industry for commercializing mycoremediation technology and as a developer of remediation technology using biochar. Howard is a teacher and lecturer on mycoremediation at Seattle University, the University of Washington, Western Washington University, and Peninsula College in Washington State.
Ahmad M. Azizi is a biologist working with Intrinsyx Environmental. He has graduated with honors from the University of California, Davis with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. Ahmad has experience in business and project management and has designed a number of phytoremediation site deployment plots, including generating layout designs, scopes of work and budget analyses.
Erik J. Osgood
Erik J. Osgood is an Environmental Microbiologist working with Intrinsyx Environmental. He is a President’s Scholar graduate from San Jose State University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, with emphasis in Ecology and Evolution. Erik has spent two years conducting vital plant research under the Biospheric Sciences division of NASA utilizing the novel research of Dr. Sharon L. Doty (University of Washington, Environmental Studies and Forestry Department). Erik has expertise in endophyte enhanced tree groundwater system design, tree inoculation, planting and installation, tree health assessment and system operations/maintenance. Erik uses his field ecology, science and microbiology background and knowledge, to help assess, design and plan installation of successful endophyte enhanced tree Groundwater phytoremediation systems.
Eric Skelly is an environmental scientist with an arborist focus and experience in forestry tree planting, GIS, environmental sampling, storm water sampling and field research. He holds an Environmental Science BS from Towson University, Towson, MD. He has a 40-hour OSHA HAZWOPER certification allowing him to work, assess and sample at contaminated sites where hazardous waste may be present. He has spent years collecting, managing, and analyzing environmental data in a variety of applications. At Intrinsyx, Eric supports R and D, data analysis, site assessment, field sampling, project planning, system installations, plant propagation, tree and plant health monitoring, troubleshooting and annual maintenance.